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HEMED READY TO TAKE OPPORTUNITY

7 January 2017

The Albion striker remains patient over a starting role.


Brighton & Hove Albion striker Tomer Hemed praised his fellow strikers for their impressive form this season, and fully understands that he needs to bide his time to get a consistent run in the team.
 
Sam Baldock and Glenn Murray have led the line for the most part of this season, and Hemed accepted the pair deserve to play, but stressed his desire to take his chance when it comes.
 
He said, “They’re doing well [Sam Baldock and Glenn Murray], so it’s normal that they’ll play. It’s important for the team that we have good competition, and it’s great to have good players in every position.
 
“Last season I played many games and we perhaps didn’t have the options from the bench that we have now. It’s been a lot about the team this season.
 
“I have to be ready to come on from the bench. I have to take every chance that I get, show in training that I’m ready and waiting for my chance.
 
“We have a cup game [v MK Dons] this Saturday [today] and if I start, I will try and do everything to score goals, play well and help the team like always.”

The 29-year-old equalised from the penalty spot against Fulham last weekend after coming off the bench, and insisted there is nothing but support between the club’s forward players, after taking the spot kick ahead of Murray.

“It was a special moment again, in front of all our fans behind the goal. I’m happy that I scored and also that we won the game.
 
“Usually we know before the game who will take the penalty, and of course because I didn’t start in that game, it was a bit confusing as to who would take it.
 
“I asked the gaffer, he told me to shoot and that was finished. Glenn [Murray] came to me after the game and was happy for me.
 
“We’re strikers, we want to score goals. I’m happy for him when he scores and he’s happy for me. The relationship between the strikers is the same as the rest of the team.”
 
Hemed praised the togetherness of Albion’s squad this season, and highlighted the confidence within the squad that they can achieve positive results week-in week-out.
 
“We have a very good group this season, and like last season, it’s important to have a group that are friends. The dressing room is amazing here.
 
“On the pitch, the team are looking good and we’re doing what the gaffer is asking of us. We know every game depends on us doing our job.
 
“Everybody can see that every game we’re coming with the feeling that we can win, we’re a very good team and we’re confident in ourselves.”

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